This was an eventful day and the question the governor Pilate asked
Was laden with validity for it was a question that needed an answer
Not just for the Sanhedrin but also the rulers in Rome,the Caesars
And indeed the followers of Jesus and all of humanity :''Are you
The king of the Jews''?Yes,it was a perplexing question on that bleak day,
For the wind had lost its elation under an ochre Jerusalem sky,
For when they led him to the place of a skull known as Golgotha,
Burdened by a heavy wooden cross plucked from the obscurity
Of the forest of agony,a madding crowd milling around,
Jesus trudged up the hill of this long agitated day,
And after they crucified him on that first Good Friday there were disruptions
In nature and even the veil of the temple was ruptured from top to bottom.
That first Good Friday was decorated with motifs of death and resurrection,
That first Good Friday was a motif of two thieves representing forgiveness and damnation,
That first Good Friday was a juxtaposition of soldier cruelty and Joseph of Arimathaea's kindness,
It was the syntax of pain and suffering that would yield to a crescendo of Sunday's praise.
If they knew who they were crucifying then the soldiers as a colonnade of palms to the winds,
Would be genuflecting to the King, and when that holy blood bathed the earth,
The cross became the most potent symbol upon the brown earth.
There were those who thought that a great teacher had died,
While others waited to see if He was whom He had said He was.
On that first Good Friday Palestine was conflicted as never before,
But in the end, on Sunday His resurrection settled who He was,
More than mortal,more than just a teacher or a prophet,
The crimson thread that Rahab pretyped had been made manifest as Messiah,
And then the stones on the dusty streets of Jerusalem danced,
The cedars of Lebanon bowed their stately heads,
And the hills in the lands of the gentiles clapped their hands together in joy;
Rejoice! O Jerusalem and yet again rejoice ye gentiles!
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